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SPIRIT OF MOONDANCE AWARD
This award category is for women writers, filmmakers and film score composers. Men may be co-writers or co-filmmakers, but the entry must be submitted by a woman.
MOONDANCE SEAHORSE AWARD
This award category is for men writers, filmmakers and film score composers. Women may be co-writers or co-filmmakers, but the entry must be submitted by a man.
MOONDANCE SANDCASTLE AWARD
This award is for male and female writing or filmmaking teams where both men and women or a man and woman work as a team on the project.
MOONDANCE SEASHELL AWARD
For men and women radio play writers. Comedy and drama, fiction and non-fiction, half-hour and hour long.
MOONDANCE COLUMBINE AWARD
Films and writings may be submitted by either a man, a woman, a male/female team or a young person 18 and under. The work must reflect non-violent conflict resolution, alternatives to violence, or show why violent resolution to conflict is counter-productive. The submitted material should not contain gratuitous violence.
MOONDANCE DOLPHIN AWARD
This award is for young people 18 years of age or younger, male or female. Moondance accepts submissions for this award in the genres of short narrative, documentary or animation video film, as well as short screenplays, short stories or short stageplays.
MOONDANCE CALYPSO AWARD
This award is to encourage a spirit of enterprise in saving the environment, habitats and wildlife by creative individuals from around the world. The award is presented to the person who expands knowledge of our world, seeks to improve our quality of all life on the planet.
MOONDANCE GAIA AWARD
This award is to encourage and inspire contemplative, meditative, spiritual and inspirational films and scripts. The award is presented to the person who seeks to elucidate and improve the spiritual quality of all life on the planet, and contributes to the betterment of the world spirit.
MOONDANCE ATLANTIS AWARD
This award is for writers and filmmakers who have submitted projects from a foreign country outside the US.
MOONDANCE STARFISH AWARD
This is an award for comedy projects submitted by writers and filmmakers.
MOONDANCE NEPTUNE AWARD
This unique award is presented to a male or female writer or filmmaker, over the age of 75, who has created either a single work of the highest quality or a body of quality work, and who continues to strive for excellence in his or her career in the entertainment industry, and who inspires and encourages others by his or her example.
MOONDANCE COLORADO OCEAN AWARD
This is an award for projects created by Colorado writers, filmmakers & composers.
THE MOONDANCE ABYSS AWARD
This new Moondance award was created for very well-made and meaningful thriller, horror or supernatural films, written works & film scores. An abyss, usually in the ocean, is a chasm that is so deep and vast that its extent is not readily visible, without further exploration. The winning works in this awards category also have a deeper, and often hidden, message, lesson, moral, or important idea that bears further thought.
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Moondance has announce their Screenplay Competition winners for 2012.
Moondance has announced their screenplay winners for 2011.
by Heath Davis Havlick
Five months into my year after winning the Spirit of Moondance Award, what's going on? In my first installment, I said that I'd optioned a script and had another option deal looming. Well, I took that second option deal, too, and wondered how I would juggle two sets of notes and rewrites while working full-time.
by Heath Davis Havlick
I won the Spirit of Moondance award at this year's Moondance International Film Festival for my comedy feature script, Santa Eulalia. (I know, I know; everyone hates the title but me!) I had decided to go as soon as I was named a finalist, smelling a good networking opportunity. It didn't hurt that the festival had been billed by someone as "the American Cannes" and that several films previously shown there had won Academy Awards. I packed my bags and flew to Boulder.
Moondance has announced their writing competition awards for 2010.
An interview with screenwriter Colleen McQuaide regarding the Moondance Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: "A Tailgate Tale" is based on two true published stories about my collaborator, Saundra Burkett and I.
It's a romantic dramedy about two culinary challenged moms who must overcome their ineptness and enter an elite tailgate competition to save the town from a mysterious killer.
A: We felt that Moondance would be a good fit for our subject matter and female friendly.
We won the Moondance "GAIA Award." We were in the top 36% of screenplays in Slamdance out of several thousand submissions. We're still waiting to hear from a few other competitions.
A: We were thrilled with everyone at Moondance including its founder, Elizabeth English.
We received our awards and framed them.
We flew to LA to attend the festival at Raleigh Studios. This is the first year in LA. Everything was superb. Great time, great memories!
A: The feedback we received started when we were working on the story outline. We then got feedback on our rough draft and even had a staged reading of the screenplay. The feedback was extremely helpful. It was just a matter of making a few adjustments since people seemed to love the script. We didn't really have feedback from our contest entries.
We consider winning at Moondance sufficient feedback from that contest.
A: We were able to hand the script to a WGA agent at Moondance. Our script was requested by a production company who will be co-producing a handful of films for a well known distributor. We have the script with a management company and some other production companies.
We are trying to get an entertainment lawyer and we have the interest of another WGA agent (with East and West coast offices).
A: I have a Political Science Degree. Saundra has a masters in Criminology. Saundra and I are both members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). I played the mom in the cough syrup commercial in "The Sixth Sense" opposite Trevor Morgan. I recently starred in a short independent film which was broadcast on public television. Saundra and I believe that our acting background helps us with our screenwriting.
This is our first screenplay. I started to study screenwriting in 2003. My favorite course was with the late Hollywood veteran, Doran William Cannon (online). He taught me the intricacies of story structure and outlining. Sure do miss him! Saundra has a background in journalism.
A: We are on the East Coast with spouses/families. We don't have plans to move to LA.
A: I'm been accepted to UCLA's online Professional Program in Screenwriting 2006-2007. I will complete a few scripts as part of the coursework.
Saundra and I will continue writing on our own. We will continue to try to find a buyer for "A Tailgate Tale."
Thank you! Colleen McQuaide: email@example.com and Saundra Burkett: firstname.lastname@example.org